12-episode series titled '24: Live Another Day' will kick off next April (2014) on US network Fox

The eagerly-anticipated new season of 24 is to begin a little sooner than originally announced.

US network Fox confirmed in May (2013) that the TV thriller starring Kiefer Sutherland would be returning for a 12-episode series to premiere “next summer”.

However, showrunner Howard Gordon has now revealed that the new season, titled 24: Live Another Day, will actually kick off in April.

Asked about the show’s shooting schedule, he told Assignment X: “We start in January, and we’re going through May, and we start airing in April.”

During its original run between 2001 and 2010, 24 was known for its innovative method of “real-time storytelling”, with each 24-episode season covering 24 hours in the life of Sutherland’s character Jack Bauer.

Explaining how the new condensed series will be paced, Gordon said: “We’re going to take advantage of the time. The story will be 12 hours over a day, but we’ll take advantage of the fact that we can go from seven o’clock to nine o’clock.”

Gordon also spoke about the possible return of Chloe O’Brian, Bauer’s trusted colleague played by Mary Lynn Rajskub. “I hope so. As a fan, I absolutely hope so,” Gordon said. “[But] the truth is, we’re at the beginning of the process. Things aren’t written in stone yet, so we’re not sure.”